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Alleged Capitol Rioter Sent Selfie to the Wrong Person

The recipient, a State Department agent, was the brother of the man's girlfriend

(Newser) - A retired New York City firefighter once accused of hurling racist abuse has been detained after allegedly sending a Jan. 6 photo of himself inside the Capitol Rotunda to his girlfriend's brother, who happens to be a State Department agent. In the midst of the riot, an unnamed Diplomatic...

De Blasio: NYC Finally Able to Kill Trump Contracts

Mayor says Capitol attack qualifies as Trump being involved in criminal activity

(Newser) - The Trump Organization will see its contracts with New York City axed as a consequence of the Capitol riot, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. The New York Times reports de Blasio has considered such cancelations before, but he didn't have the legal footing. De Blasio explained what'...

Yang Complained About His Digs. New Yorkers Hit Back

Potential NYC mayoral candidate griped of having to work, deal with 2 kids in small space

(Newser) - As buzz grows around Andrew Yang's possible run for mayor of New York City, he's also making headlines for a different story. The 45-year-old former presidential candidate, who's a dad to two young children, has a Manhattan apartment, but due to the pandemic, he's been living...

'This Was an MMA Cage Match, and I Lost!'

A squirrel is attacking people in Queens

(Newser) - Residents of a Queens neighborhood are dealing with a squirrely threat, the AP reports. Denizens of the New York City borough's Rego Park neighborhood say an aggressive squirrel has jumped on them and bitten them in the past several weeks, WCBS reported Wednesday. Micheline Frederick pointed to a bruise...

NYPD: Don't Try to Come to Times Square This NYE

Only a few dozen spectators will be allowed at ball drop

(Newser) - After fears earlier this year that this would be the first New Year's Eve without a Times Square ball drop since 1943, the New York City tradition is going ahead —but police are urging the public to stay away. The only onlookers permitted will be a few dozen...

One of Nation's Biggest Anti-Eviction Laws Just Passed

New York landlords won't be able to boot most tenants for 2 months

(Newser) - With the governor's executive order barring most evictions due to expire at year's end, the New York Legislature called a special session Monday to pass "one of the most comprehensive anti-eviction laws in the nation," per the New York Times . The bill, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Maskless Conga Line at Party Puts GOP Club on the Defense

'There's no pandemic clause in the Constitution,' the Whitestone Republican Club posted

(Newser) - Maskless holiday parties with exuberant conga lines aren't exactly de rigueur this year, but that doesn't mean there haven't been any. Per the New York Times , journalist Matt Binder posted a video online Monday that showed members of the Whitestone Republican Club—including club President Vickie Paladino,...

Missing Soldier Found Dead

20-year-old from Tennessee went missing from New York's Fort Drum

(Newser) - A 20-year-old soldier from Tennessee who went missing from New York state's Fort Drum was found dead after "some type of vehicle exchange" that apparently went horribly wrong, reports USA Today , and a fellow soldier is in custody in connection with his death. Hayden Harris, of Guys, Tenn....

A Snowplow Buried His Car in 4 Feet of Snow. He Was Still in It

A determined Sgt. Jason Crawley finally found him after 10 hours in upstate New York

(Newser) - A man trapped in his car for 10 hours under almost 4 feet of snow almost didn't get found, save for the efforts of a persistent police officer. USA Today and NBC News report that Tioga County authorities in upstate New York received a series of 911 calls Wednesday...

Here's How Badly Ghislaine Maxwell Wants Out of Prison

Jeffrey Epstein confidant offers to put up all of her assets for bail

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell wants out of prison and is apparently willing to put up all of her assets to make that happen. The British socialite accused of grooming underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein asked to be released from confinement in a court filing revealed Monday, claiming she's...

This Long-Awaited Moment Arrives in US

First doses of COVID vaccine are administered

(Newser) - It's a big moment in the COVID fight: The first doses of a vaccine have been administered in the US. "I feel hopeful today. Relieved," ICU nurse Sandra Lindsay tells the AP after getting her shot at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. She was...

Ex-Cuomo Aide: He 'Sexually Harassed Me for Years'

'There is simply no truth to these claims,' NY governor's rep says of Lindsey Boylan's allegations

(Newser) - A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who's now running for Manhattan borough president accused him of sexual harassment in a series of tweets Sunday, saying he made inappropriate comments about her appearance. Lindsey Boylan tweeted that the Democratic governor "sexually harassed me for years. Many...

You Can Be Part of Unusual 'Token of Appreciation' for Trump

Real estate agency is crowdfunding $3M to 'give' president's childhood home in Queens to him

(Newser) - Supporters of President Trump looking for a way to show their appreciation now have their chance, though they'll have to open up their wallets to do it. In what the New York Times deems as an "unusual real estate maneuver," the current owner of Trump's childhood...

A 'Boom' Is Heard From Canada to Virginia

Witnesses report seeing a fireball

(Newser) - A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena, the AP reports. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in...

Macy's Takes Heat Over 'Diverse Dance Group'

Social media posts criticize 'reductive description' of 100-year-old Black sorority

(Newser) - There was a problem with a cheery Macy's tweet introducing an entry in its Thanksgiving Day Parade. "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!" the Thursday post said. "Performing a special routine they put together to...

High Court's COVID Ruling Won't Matter: Cuomo

Areas of New York facing restrictions are no longer in 'red zones'

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brushed off his loss at the US Supreme Court on Thursday. The justices' 5-4 ruling temporarily keeps the state from limiting gatherings at religious institutions in areas hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic to 10 people. The decision "is more illustrative of the Supreme...

SCOTUS Sides With Religious Groups Over COVID Restrictions

High court rules against New York coronavirus restrictions

(Newser) - As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus, the AP reports. The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate those restrictions. But the...

NY Sheriffs: No Need to Hide Your Cars on Thanksgiving

Many publicly state they won't enforce the state's cap on holiday dinner

(Newser) - If you're a New Yorker who is worried that your Thanksgiving head count could get you in trouble, a number of sheriffs are suggesting you be more concerned about getting the lumps out of your gravy. While the state is currently under an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew...

Trump: When Vaccine Is Ready for US, NY Won't Get It at First

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY AG Letitia James push back on president's inflammatory remarks

(Newser) - On Friday, President Trump gave his first public remarks since losing the election to Joe Biden, speaking at the White House about the need for Americans to remain "vigilant" against COVID-19, and how a vaccine would soon be on its way. One statement about the vaccine, however, raised eyebrows,...

Mail Carrier's Wrong Turn Earns Him an Arrest

CBP agents say 800 pieces of mail were in trunk of Buffalo USPS worker's car

(Newser) - A US Postal Service mail carrier in Buffalo has been arrested after authorities say Customs and Border Protection officials found 813 pieces of mail in the trunk of his car as he drove back to Buffalo from Canada. Per a criminal complaint filed by Brendan Boone, a special agent with...

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